Andrea Star Reese’s Profile

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Andrea Star Reese is a photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York currently working in Indonesia

In 2013, Disorder, a documentary reportage on conditions faced by Indonesians suffering from mental illness and undiagnosed mental disorders was exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image Perpignan, and Angkor Photo Festival., Published on the essay followed men and women in homes, shelters, schools and hospitals.

Urban Cave, a three-year project on long term unsheltered men and women living in makeshift housing in New York City was exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image 2010. Urban Cave received Best Social Documentary from The New York Photo Festival, 2nd Place was a 2nd place FotoVisura Grant winner,  a finalist for POYI: World Understanding, a FotoEvidence book award finalist, and a 2010 Visa d’Or, Feature nominee. 
Most recently Urban Cave was exhibited at Theory of the Clouds Gallery, Kobe, Japan and at the 2013 Athens Photo Festival. Urban Cave has been published internationally. An ongoing update in preparation for a book is in progress.

Ms. Reese first worked in Indonesia directing a feature documentary film made up of short stories collected during the 2003-2004 run up to the country’s first direct democratic presidential election. The film covered issues pertinent to the time.

 On staff at the International Center of Photography School, and a tutor at the 2013 Angkor Photo Festival Workshop, Andrea Star Reese is a 2010 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a reGeneration2 photographer. 

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2013 Finalist Fotoevidence Book Award

2012 American Photography 28:  Best pictures from 2011_ (Chasing Stigma, working title, work in progress)

2011 Honorable Mention International Photo Awards_(Chasing Stigma,working title, as work in progress)

2011 Honorable Mention International Photography Award_Merapi’s Breath

2011 Finalist   Picture of the Year   World Understanding  Urban Cave

2011 Included as part of  AnthropoGraphia

2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2010 2nd place fotovisura award

2010 Nominated   Visa d’or  Feature

2010 Invited  reGeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today

2009  3 Hon. Mentions   International Photo Awards  Editorial/Other, Editorial/Essay  Deeper Perspective

2009 Finalist Magnum Expressions Award

2009 Best Social Documentary   New York Photo Awards

2009 Honorable Mention  Camera Club New York

2008 Les Visas de L’ANI


2013 Visa Pour L’Image_Disorder

2013 Angkor Photo Festival_Disorder

2013 Athens Photo Festival_Urban Cave

2011 Angkor Photo Festival _Indonesia project ( Disorder as a work in progress)

2011 Doc11,  Oslo, Norway_ Urban Cave

2010 Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France_Urban Cave

2010 Angkor Photo Festival_Urban Cave

2010  Images10, Vevey, Switzerland_Urban Cave

2010  Scoop, Angers, France_Urban Cave

Group Exhibitions

2013 Theory of the Clouds Gallery Kobe Japan _Urban Cave

2013 FotoEvidence_Urban Cave

2011 AnthropoGraphia_Urban Cave  

2011 Loop, Rome, Italy_Urban Cave

2010 reGeneration2,  Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne_Urban Cave

2010 New York Photo Festival_Urban Cave

2009 Camera Club. New York_Urban Cave

2009 Les Visas de l’ANI,  le Bar Floreal, Paris, France_Urban Cave

2008 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyap, China


Musee de l’Elysee: ReGeneration2 collection

here is ny : a democracy of photographs

Publications,: Print,_Web_Books, Media Indonesia, Neue Zucher Zeitung, Le Monde, Liberation, New York Times Lens Blog, Alternatives Internationales, Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, The Fader, Le Loop, Photo Magazine, Images Magazine, Vision Magazine, L’Itinerant_, NPR, Fiasco, British Journal of Photography, Visura Magazine, Waterstone Review, reGeneration2: Tomorrows‘  Photographers Today under Musee d l’Elysee)_profiles upon request

Employment current and recent past

Andrea Star Reese, photojournalist based in New York,

Tutor, 2013 Angkor PhotoFestival Workshop

International Center of Photography staff, Digital Media Lab                                                                                                    




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